|Parent company||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Country of origin||Australia|
ABC Music is Australia's largest independent record label. It operates under the ABC Commercial division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It covers a wide range of music genres, including classical, children’s and adult contemporary music, blues, roots, rock, and Australian country music. Its imprints include ABC Classics and FOUR FOUR.
ABC Music Publishing was a separate business unit of ABC music, which published the work of composers and songwriters, until its catalogue was acquired by Universal Music Publishing Group Australia & NZ in 2020/21.
Established in 1974, ABC Music is one of the longest-running, most prolific and diverse independent record label. Operating as part of the ABC Commercial division, ABC Music invests all profits back into the broader ABC, to spend on the creation of content and to further its ABC Charter activities.
The label has released many albums in conjunction with various ABC Radio stations and programs, including triple j's Hottest 100, Like A Version, House Party, One Night Stand, Beat The Drum and 40 Years Of Music releases, as well as tribute albums to Nick Cave and Paul Kelly. It is also home to a number of popular compilation series, including Countdown, rage, Hit Country, Beaut Ute and ABC Kids themed titles, and has produced a number of special event releases, such as His Life and Music, the live album from Gurrumul featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
ABC Classics is an imprint of ABC Music, which represents many of Australia's leading classical musicians, orchestras and ensembles. The label was founded in 1987 as a means of showcasing the ABC's classical music recordings under its own banner. The label sells music on CD as well as making it available on various music streaming services such as Spotify.
Featured artists include Yvonne Kenny, Geoffrey Lancaster, Jayson Gillham, Richard Tognetti, Sara Macliver, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Slava Grigoryan, Gareth Koch, David Hobson, Karin Schaupp, Diana Doherty, Roger Woodward, Gerard Willems, Omega Ensemble, Cantillation, Sydney Children's Choir, Gondwana Voices and Saffire (the Australian Guitar Quartet). The label has a strong emphasis on Australian compositions, with their Australian Composers Series recorded in conjunction with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra being a major milestone in Australian Music.
|Parent company||ABC Music|
|Distributor(s)||Universal Music Australia|
|Genre||Rock, ska, punk, etc.|
Four Four (stylised as FOUR || FOUR) is an imprint of ABC Music. Established in 2012, Four Four's releases include genres such as reggae, ska, roots, world music, blues, folk, alternative rock, punk, indie and Australian rock.
Music by Australian composers features prominently in the list winners, including Peter Sculthorpe, Richard Meale, Carl Vine and Ross Edwards. Australian orchestras have also dominated the awards, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra featuring on four award winners. Soprano Yvonne Kenny and pianist Gerard Willems have both won the award twice.
ABC Music Publishing
ABC Music Publishing is as of June 2021[update] still registered as a business name under ABC Commercial, but its website is no longer in existence, after its catalogue had been sold to Universal Music Publishing Group Australia & NZ.[a] It was "an independent music publisher representing some of Australia’s most recognised songwriters and composers", including screen composers. It also provided a personalised service for filmmakers, providing licences for appropriate music for their films.
It represented some of Australia's most recognised songwriters and composers, including You Am I, Ruby Boots, Ben Salter, The Audreys, Sean O'Boyle, Juice Music, Tim Rogers, Davey Lane, Kit Warhurst, Amanda Brown, Rosie Westbrook, Sara Storer, Andy Clockwise, Sinead Burgess, Lachlan Bryan, and Rhys Muldoon.
Marianna Annas was Head of ABC Music Publishing until January 2020, before moving to take up the position of Vice President, Commercial & Creative at Universal Music Publishing Group Australia & NZ, based in Sydney.
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